Wednesday, May 3, 2017

'Rake Series 1' DVD Review

Cleaver Greene (Richard Roxburgh) is a brilliant lawyer. His practice is set up in Sydney, Australia. His brilliance is overshadowed by his self destructive personal life. He is constantly trying to dodge the debt collectors and the Tax man. What gets him in more trouble though are the women in his life. For instance, he has a big crush on a former prostitute by the name of Melissa "Missy" Partridge (Adrienne Pickering). Now Missy is studying to be a lawyer and helps Greene from time to time. Greene also has a thing for his best friend's wife Scarlet "Red" Engles. Barney Meagher (Russell Dykstra) is Greene's best friend and instructing solicitor. Greene sleeps with Scarlet but nothing really comes of it. What does take place is that it brings mega-tension between Barney and Greene.

Greene's clients are usually murderers, bigamists, and even some cannibals. Yes, that's right, cannibals. In the first episode Greene defends a Professor Murray for murder. He likes to eat his victims. In the third episode, Greene defends a bigamist named George Dana who just happens to be married to two women. In the fifth episode, Greene defends a Dr. Chandler who loves to have sex with the family dog.

Now, in the 'Rake Series 1' finale Greene defends Mick Corella who is charged with murder. One of the main reasons Greene defends this gentlemen is because he owes Mick a bunch of money over bad gambling debts. Rake is certainly not your usual lawyer series. This comedy- drama is one of the best coming out of Australia in some time. Greene is a smart cookie but his out of court experiences make you wonder how he survived at all.

Acorn brings this wonderful series to DVD on May 9th, 2017. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are perfect. This will make a wonderful addition to that personal DVD library. Greene's charm and wit works so well in the courtroom but unfortunately it's what gets him into trouble when he's not working. Cleaver Greene will entertain and keep you glued to your seat and will definitely make you chuckle all the way through the story. Enjoy.